May 7, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. - The University of Wyoming swimming and diving program and head coach Tom Johnson announced the 2012-13 team awards at the annual swimming and diving banquet.
"We had just over 135 people at the awards banquet and it was a wonderful evening," Johnson said. "I want to make sure to thank Kelly Wright, Morgan Hartigan's mother, for helping up put on such a nice event. We started the annual banquet when I first got here and it has really grown since then. It is always a very special evening and it gives our seniors one last chance to address the team. It is really nice to have the Wildcatter (Stadium Club and Suites) to be able to host the event, because I think we have outgrown every other place we have tried to have it."
Mark S. Miller Most Outstanding Athlete:
Earning the Mark Miller Most Outstanding Athlete awards for the 2012-13 season were junior Morgan Hartigan and sophomore Adam Kalms. Hartigan is the 2013 Mountain West Champion in the 100-yard freestyle and earned All-MW honors in the 50 and 100 free and 100 breaststroke. She was also a member of the All-MW 400 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay squads. Kalms earned Honorable Mention All-America honors in the 200 freestyle at the 2013 NCAA Championships. He is also the reigning Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Champion in the 100 and 200 freestyle and the 200 individual medley.
"Morgan and Adam as the most outstanding performers this season was fairly easy to pick," Johnson said. "They both led us in scoring throughout the season and at the conference championships. They were on almost every relay we could put them on and they are both tremendous assets to our program."
David Schmitt Most Inspirational Award:
Junior diver Amanda Fay and senior swimmer Trevor LeValley earned the second-annual David Schmitt Most Inspirational Award. After returning from injury during the 2011-12 season, Fay earned All-MW on the 3-meter springboard and on the platform after finishing eighth and seventh, respectively, at the MW Championships. Fay also earned her first bid to the NCAA Zone "E" Championships. LeValley finished an excellent season in the pool that began with a place in the US Olympic Trials during the summer of 2012 and ended with a Second Team All-MPSF honor in the 400 IM in 2013.
"Trevor has done so much for this team," Johnson said. "He has been a tremendous captain and leader for us this season. He is great at getting the guys on the team to expect more out of themselves. Amanda has a great story. She is a diver who has basically had three coaches since she has been here. She made her first conference event this season and made two big finals and earned a spot at zones. She earned the award because she never gave up on herself and kept working hard."
Most Improved Award:
A Cowgirl sophomore and a duo of freshman Cowboy swimmers earned this season's most improved awards. Earning the female most improved athlete award was Emily Stucky, while Ryan Nelson and Kyle Scalise earned the co-honor on the men's side. Stucky earned All-MW in one individual event and two relay events. She earned all-conference in the 200 freestyle individually as well as a member of the 200 and 800 freestyle relay teams. Nelson broke the longest standing school record in the 1650 freestyle at the MPSF Championships that was held by Lynn Stetson since the 1982 season. He earned First Team All-MPSF in the 1650 free and the 400 individual medley. Scalise also had an excellent freshman season competing in his first-career conference championship and dropping considerable time off both his 100 and 200 breaststroke times.
"It is very rare to have a tie and as a staff we talked about breaking the tie, but we thought both Kyle and Ryan were very deserving," Johnson said. "They both dropped so much time during the season that it was hard for us to decide. It is pretty typical for a freshman to come in and drop time but both of these guys drop considerable time in all their events. Emily had a tough year last year and came into our program and really excelled. She is such a pleasant person and works so hard that we had to honor her efforts this season. She went from not scoring a point at her conference championship a year ago to being out sixth leading scorer at conference this season. I think we have just scratched the surface of potential with these three."
Two senior UW swimmers earned the 2012-13 scholar athlete awards. Paige Fischer and LeValley earned the scholar-athlete awards. LeValley recently earned his four-consecutive academic all-conference award and Fischer has earned three academic all-conference honors in her career. Both are chemical engineering majors.
"Trevor and Paige were no brainers as scholar-athletes," Johnson said. "Their grade point averages are outstanding in one of the most demanding fields on our campus in chemical engineering. This is just a testament to their hard work in and out of the pool."
Diver of the Year:
This season's diver of the year was given to junior Derek Campbell. Campbell earned First Team All-MPSF on both the 1-and 3-meter springboard with finishes of second and third, respectively. He also earned a bid at the NCAA Zone "E" Championships for the second-consecutive season.
"Derek has not even reached his full potential yet," Wyoming diving coach Yahya Radman said. "This season he set the goals of reaching zones, but next year he is aiming to make the NCAA Championships. He did not expect to finish as highly as he did this season at conference, but worked harder than he ever expected to in his life."
"This is a new award that we just started a few seasons ago," Johnson said. "It has really inspired the kids to work harder in the weight room. We had weekly competitions on Monday that were very demanding and it just goes to show the kids all around athleticism."